“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters” (1 John 3:16, NLT).

Forrest Gump, in the movie by the same name, told Jenny he wasn’t a smart man but he knew what love is. He proved it by the way he took care of her, no matter how she treated him. Toward the end of her life, she finally realized he had loved her all along.

People have many ideas about love and it’s true love comes in various forms. Real and true love is what Jesus did for us by submitting himself to death on the cross. By giving up his life, he not only showed his love, he proved he considered our lives as important as his. Rather than holding onto his life, as most of us tend to do, and letting us fend for ourselves, he made it clear he was willing to do anything to save us and make it possible to share his eternal life. May we—in, by and through his Spirit—learn to do likewise for each other.